In order to finish up the Spring Reading Thing 2009 Challenge (results posted soon), I had to read The Year of Magical Thinking and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close back-to-back in the last week and a half. Both were great books, but also emotionally draining books.
I finished ELAIC on Thursday night. About 50 pages from the end I started to get teary-eyed, and at about 10 pages to go I was full in crying. Boyfriend was here and, poor guy, he didn’t know what to do. Of course there wasn’t anything for him to do because it was good crying, crying from being emotionally touched by a story, but I can see why that would seem weird.
I got myself together a little bit after I finished the book, but then he asked me to explain what the book was about and I started to cry all over again. September 11 stuff and stuff with kids gets to me especially, so I’m actually not too surprised I got so emotional. But as I was laying in bed later that night, I realized I’ve been reading a whole bunch of emotionally intense books right in row and maybe that’s taking a toll.
I think need to give myself a little break before heading back into some other heavy books I have on my TBR list. I don’t really want to read romances or anything, I just want something that doesn’t hit me so hard emotionally. I’m thinking some nonfiction, perhaps, might fit the bill. Thoughts?
What’s the most emotionally draining book you’ve read lately? Any suggestions for good books that are not so emotionally intense?